Although I personally would be deterred somewhat by the price, I think the Chieftain is the best of the baggers on Indian’s first try. The excellent engine leads the list of its strengths. For me, its bias toward shorter riders (which was corrected with the Corbin saddle) is its biggest drawback. I don’t concern myself much with finish care, but it has generally held up well, the only complaints being some rust on the front brake-line fittings, the brake-disc carriers, and the mirror stems. The Chieftain continues to feel strong and solid, with the suspension feeling as controlled as when new.